27 July 2009

All About Those Cuffs


Where tailoring is concerned, the opportunity for layering invariably provides for a more interesting look. Indeed it is smart autumnal layering that often captures my imagination far more than any other seasonal smart outfit. However, whilst a fitted suit is usually easy enough to come across, the chilly weather can often lead to people covering up in ill fitting and rather unattractive outerwear. As the outermost garments that cover us for the majority of the colder months, it seems to me that investing in a good coat and winter accessories is always worthwhile.

Looking over the Fall 09 offerings from Pringle of Scotland, I was attracted by two main features - that of the fitted outerwear, providing a beautiful line to the looks, and the elasticated knitted cuffs, enabling a more simplistic yet equally creative alternative to gloves. For me, Pringle has always been a label associated with premium knitwear of cashmeres and wools, and indeed this collection was no different. The sumptuous and cosy looking knitwear and slim wool suits seemed suitably warm and stylish for the colder months. The warmer feeling of the collection was also helped by the suitably subdued colour tones of greys, camels, browns and reds. Indeed I always find that colours which reflect those found in nature shall always feel most appropriate and attractive.

In terms of the outerwear, one first notes the traditionally based woolen coats. Wonderfully simple in their design, the fit of these outerwear pieces was what attracted me most. The slim silhouette they provided to the looks were suitably contemporary and smart. It was interesting to see how both the single- and double-breasted garments, despite both being unbuttoned, remained well fitted.

Indeed, whilst the collection was well cut, there was somewhat of a contrast provided by the use of length. This length one notes in the use of the elasticated knitted cuffs and the cut of the trousers. A more traditional cut suit would arguably call for a higher hemline on the trousers, and yet these offerings, cut slim, had a slight stack where the trousers hit the shoes. Although perhaps a minor detail, it actually provided a slightly more casual and modern feel.

I must say that I am fascinated by the styling choice of the cuffs. In a few of the looks it is actually easy to mistake them for extended sleeves from the knitwear pieces worn underneath. Displayed in hues of deep reds, greens, browns and greys, these cuffs certainly allow for a beautiful finish. With modern Gothic designers such as Rick Owens and Ann Demeulemeester often crafting garments with extended and stacked sleeves, these cuffs bring a certain romantic charm to my mind, which I would usually associate with such designers. There was a very easy and comfortable feel provided by the cuffs, which I feel would have been lost with simple gloves, or indeed even mittens.

The collection as a whole conjured up romantic images of a smart modern man comfortably traversing the autumnal landscape. The hues of burnt reds, browns and greys, when coupled with materials such as fine cashmeres, wools and velvets provided a warm and welcoming feel. Indeed the looks within the collection seemed perfect for carrying one easily through the colder months.

Currently playing: Boston - Augustana

xxxx

45 comments:

  1. yep these cuffs are wonderful:

    the perfect combination of beauty and practicality.

    Clothes are often best when they are designed to really be worn...rather than only as an aesthetic statement

    I also love the slight crease down the front of some of the trousers here.

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  2. These are fabulous. I don't see one part of this collection I don't like. Brilliant.

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  3. I love the extended sleeves! I think I'd push them past my fingers for extra coziness...probably look like a slob but oh well!
    Hope you had a lovely weekend! xx
    Off to comment on your posts that I missed, hehe.

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  4. For me, Pringle always does amazing outerwear, which is cut well and fits great, but is not overly-tailored or severe. It's wearable, cozy and smart. I love the knitted cuffs...I can't wait for Autumn to get here.

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  5. I may have to play dissenter, since the silhouette and styling let matters down for me - they're so closely associated with Christopher Bailey's work that a lot of Pringle's own merits are somewhat lost. I know Pringle is not a fashion forward brand, so that's not really the roots of my scepticism. I do appreciate the focus on basics (investment dressing strikes again!) and I'd quite like the cuffs

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  6. Cool! I like them cuffs!:)

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  7. I really like this autumn collection.. def. gets me in the mood for fall! :) The cuffs are interesting and add a nice complement to the styling. Love the longer coats. And Augustana is a great band.. saw them live and they rock!

    xo, Becs

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  8. Great layering here. I like the burgundy-colored cuffs. They add a nice pop of color to the suits.

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  9. I loved this collection, and understand what you said about how layering often results in an overall slightly diminished aesthetic appeal. I think Swedes are really good at layering [and I had a great weekend thank you!]♥

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  10. wow, is this Pringle! gorgeous gorgeous...

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  11. what a gorgeous collection....I can see my husband in every one of these pieces!

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  12. Yea, it was great ! and Disneyland! omg, it was awesome :) If u ever get the chance to go- go! :)
    hihi, yes, it's not all that bad having the house to oneself right ;P It's gonna be great!

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  13. That's a great collection. Very classic, but cool.

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  14. OMG! Thanks, thanks and thanks. Pringle of Scotland! J'adore. I have few Pringle of Scotland things. My fave is a wool skirt (that's it: http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_TrALK2n1LBo/SRa33Efn6rI/AAAAAAAABl8/PsTlUEMtMIY/s1600-h/P9280041.JPG)

    XoXo

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  15. WOW! those cuffs of great. I love the turtleneck. Great color and I love the detail on it.I hope you had a great weekend!

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  16. I adore the extended cuff/ fingerless glove look on both men and women!

    Keen observation re: single- vs. double-breasted coats in this collection ~ they both hang so well unbuttoned!

    Fab post, DK!

    xoxox,
    CC

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  17. i was also awed by d silhouette too noticing how slim they appeared with the jackets loose, ur so right bout autumnal layering, best season to dress up :o]

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  18. oh n i love "Boston" by Augustana, such a cool song, nice melody

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  19. love the tailoring, i like a guy in a slim silhouette!

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  20. There's nothing like wearing something tailored just for you. Cuffs are a great accessory!

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  21. I think cuffs are a great idea and adds an interesting touch to the outfit! xxoxoxo

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  22. I love the cuffs. They create a younger, charming look. Like adding an accessory without the commitment or extra cost.

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  23. Certainly! Why should fashion stop at the wrists?

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  24. Once again: all in the details. When I first glimpse one of these ensembles I enjoy it, but it takes a longer/closer look to start to see all the little details (that you highlight) that make it so special. Will you be adding knit cuffs to your fall wishlist now?

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  25. I love the v neck on a guy..but my friend won't wear anything like that. We went to Target today to get ready for school. He went for the traditional graphic t-shirt sale. He got his classic band favorites. At least his jeans fit properly. He went through the super baggy jean phase for quite a while. I notice Target did have their checked scarves available in the men's section, but of course, he would get one of those. Nor one of those cool jazz-scene fedoras.I don't know why he won't wear one..especially when he wore a bandanna when he had a 'bad-hair' day.

    Sorry, just had to let you know what some people have to put up with when it comes to fashion.

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  26. an hour after you posted this, the sartorialist also posted soemthing about cuffs haha :O

    the knit wear is amazing!!

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  27. Love those cuffs and specially the outfits! Very chic and cool!

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  28. Thanks for popping by! :) And leaving a note. I really think the outfits here are simply splendid-- they're different and unique, which is not what I would say about getups nowadays..

    Be sure and come by again!

    -Laila
    www.randomweavings.blogspot.com

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  29. Mmmmm! This is a great look! I love layers and detail! P.S. Thanks for the link!!

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  30. the details are amazing, especially with warm colour contrast and clean cuts.
    xx-LJ from SOS!

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  31. I do like this look, very comfy yet unique in style.

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  32. such a great accessory for men. i think i'm going to give it a try, though :)

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  33. I would rock those cuffs!

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  34. Those cuffs are awesome! I am loving this collection! It is so sleek! That chunky beige sweater is amazing! You have impeccable taste!
    Cheers!

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  35. I have such a love for Pringle of Scotland and their always fabulous styles. I long for a chunky sweater from there :) These are all so lovely, and I really find myself drawn to the cuff as well! You have such a great eye, DK!
    And, I meant to tell you before (so scatterbrained sometimes!), that I absolutely LOVED the way that you described your ideal living room on my post - it was so fabulous and descriptive I could definitely picture it :) You're just lovely.

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  36. this post made me very happy. i think that more guys need to dress like this. it's a shame that i know very few guys who actually have good style.

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  37. Great post. This was a nice way to start off the week. I loved those photos. I hadn't seen anyone do anything like that around here. I like it. Hope your day went well. Cheers!

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  38. the color palette in this collection is what i find to be the ideal colors for men to dress in and look distinguished

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  39. i love layering, whether in casual or formal outfits, it always looks fantastic.

    xx

    www.inspirations.co.nr

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  40. simple but beautiful, i like.

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  41. Like you, I've always associated Pringle of Scotland with premium well-made knitwear and cashmere. Those are some terrific looks and I tend to have a thing for slim-cut tailoring. The cuffs are an interesting move on their part. What I've always loved about Margiela, was the fact they offered cuffs, sleeves, legwarmers, collars and various hoods, so you can basically take an existing outfit and make it suitable for the winter. It's a brilliant idea for layering and adjusting your outfit according to the temperature.

    Hope you're having a great week so far! And glad to hear you're doing better healthwise :)

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  42. great review.. and i'm totally agree, it's great to mix cuffs! :))
    great layering as well...

    xx

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  43. I like all of the style--well most of them..thats my the style im going for this winter

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  44. I think the cuffs add a certain edge to the clothes.

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